Motorbase Performance has signed Rory Butcher for the 2020 British Touring Car Championship, as he aims to win the outright title.
Butcher had his strongest season to date last year, finishing fifth in the driver’s standings having spent a large portion of the the season fighting for the championship with his AmD Tuning Honda Civic, and he won the Jack Sears Trophy, ahead of BMW’s Tom Oliphant.
But the 32-year-old has now returned to the team that gave him his BTCC debut in 2017, and has set himself the target of winning the championship outright.
Speaking about the announcement, Butcher said: “David Bartrum and Motorbase launched me on my British touring car journey.
“It feels like ‘coming home’ to go back to the team.
“There are some very exciting plans for the 2020 season and to be on the ground floor of those developments really motivates me.
“I have tasted glory in the Independents’ Trophy, which was a huge achievement, but my sights are set higher. I want more wins, and the overall championship is my aim.
“I know that I might not have the touring car experience of some of the guys out there but I am working relentlessly to absorb all the information I can and push myself, and Motorbase, forward to go for the biggest prizes we can reach.”
Butcher’s signing means that Motorbase only have one seat left to fill, having confirmed earlier in the week that Ollie Jackson will be remaining with the team for 2020, and Team Principal Bartrum is delighted to be welcoming Butcher back to his team.
“I’m delighted to welcome Rory back for 2020,” commented Bartrum.
“We have worked with Rory in GTs in the past and saw his abilities then, which lead to us giving him his BTCC debut in 2017.
“We’ve obviously kept a very close eye on his progression since then.
“Over the last two seasons, he’s learnt a lot and has matured into a driver capable of a championship challenge.
“With Ollie and Rory, we have a great pairing to work with and we’re confident going into the new season.
“I have quoted on a couple of occasions that Rory was only ever ‘on loan’ and would be back with us one day.
“This year that has proven to be the case and we’re all ready to put the hard work in to make 2020 a great season for Motorbase.”